Summer is almost officially here. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably debating whether to fly or drive this summer. You’re deciding what is the safest (and most fun) way to enjoy a summer vacation this year.

Is it worth it to fly and get to the airport hours in advance, checking bags, being in crowded spaces? Or is it better to rent a car, SUV, or to go bucket list style and do an epic RV excursion? Here are 3 safe and fun ideas to consider for a unique and memorable road trip this summer:

  • The road less traveled: rent a car

    There has never been a better time to ditch the airport experience and travel the road less traveled this summer. If you decide to rent a car, rest assured that many leading providers are putting safety first. New safety measures are now in place to clean and disinfect each car as well as provide a safety seal on doors prior to you or your loved ones entering the vehicle.

    An added bonus to renting a car for your next vacation is that car rental rates are dramatically lower which means you can splurge for a luxury upgrade or opt in for an awesome convertible for your epic road trip with one other lucky passenger.

  • Go scenic: rent an RV

    Be honest, at some point in your life you’ve thought about renting an RV with your family or close friends to go on a cross country trip. Well, there’s never a better time to pull the trigger and go on a once in a lifetime trip across America. There is a current surge in demand for RV based trips. People are looking for trips where they can stay safe, and, basically, live in a traveling hotel.

    There is no need to go to an airport or stay at a hotel when traveling by RV. Many people are looking to self-isolate themselves with their family or friends and take to the open road and enjoy a different kind of vacation this summer. Most travelers are not looking to fly internationally and are opting for domestic US excursions that allow them to unwind and see parts of the country they’ve never seen from the ground. It’s also much more convenient to travel this way as the only time you need to stop is for gas and food. You have your bed, kitchen, and living room with you and always a campground, beach, or national park nearby to venture out into at any time.

  • Enjoy nature: visit US national parks

    Did you know that the United States has over 60 national parks? Yup. You can visit popular, iconic destinations like The Grand Canyon or you can go off the beaten path and visit lesser known (but, equally majestic) national spots around the country.

    You can decide to do some light day hiking and sightseeing around Yosemite or Yellowstone or venture onto more rigorous trails and hikes there. You can also visit breathtaking forests, lakes, caverns, and mountain tops in all 50 states that will make you feel like you are in an actual movie scene. What better way to plot a course for the road less traveled this summer then by making a road trip itinerary and finding the top national parks and cross them off your bucket list of places to visit.

Now it’s time to decide if you are renting a convertible, family sized SUV, or going full RV this summer. Either way, you can’t go wrong. There is nothing more American than taking a road trip by vehicle and enjoying all the hidden gems that exist in the US.

And, if you are planning to be packing a lot of stuff you can always free up space in your vehicle by shipping some of your luggage ahead of time with LugLess to your hotel (if traveling by car) or to a nearby FedEx and UPS store (if traveling by RV).